Arsenal have signed Jodie Taylor on a deal until the end of the season. The 36-year-old’s contract at San Diego Wave expired at the end of 2022 so she is a free agent.
Taylor also enjoyed a short-term spell at the Gunners in early 2017 where she scored seven goals in 12 appearances. She was England’s leading scorer at Euro 2017 and has played for the likes of Birmingham and Lincoln in England, Portland Thorns, OL Reign and Orlando Pride in the US, as well as Lyon, Goteborg and Melbourne Victory in a nomadic career.
Taylor joins as Arsenal did not land the striker they wanted in the January transfer window following injuries to Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema and provides short-term cover upfront. Taylor will wear the number 27 shirt.
“It feels amazing to be back – like I never left,” Taylor told the Arsenal website. “It’s incredible to have this opportunity to come back to the club that I love so much. A lot of progression has happened here in the last five years since I was last here and to see how much the club has grown and progressed is incredible. I’m very happy to be here.”
Head Coach Jonas Eidevall added: “We’re really pleased to have brought in Jodie to help us from now until the end of the season. She has a proven track record for scoring goals and we know her experience will be a great asset to the whole dressing room. We have so much to fight for this season and Jodie will help us on that journey.”
Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “Jodie is a really experienced and talented player and will give us added competition at this crucial stage of the season. We’re delighted to bring her back to the club and all have great memories of working with her in her previous spell here.”